The Upright Ape: Bipedalism and Human Origins

Why are we the only two-legged creature to develop an exclusively upright gait? And what did it mean to the development of the human species? The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) at UC San Diego brings you foremost experts to explore the many facets of these questions in this fascinating series.

Insights into Hominin Bipedalism from Gorilla Anatomy. In this presentation, Matthew Tocheri (Smithsonian Institution) shows how the morphology of four foot bones the medial cuneiform, talus, calcaneus, and cuboid is clearly distinguishable among living gorilla taxa in ways that are relevant to interpreting bipedal evolution in hominins.

3. Insights into Hominin Bipedalism from Gorilla Anatomy

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1. Foot and Ankle Diversity in Australopithecus
2. Pelvic Architecture of Australopithecus Sediba and the Genus Homo
3. Insights into Hominin Bipedalism from Gorilla Anatomy
4. Pleistocene Footprints and the Evolution of Human Bipedalism
5. Early Hominin Body Form
6. Limb Strength Proportions and Locomotion in Early Hominins
7. The Evolution and Relevance of Human Running
8. Bipedalism and the Evolution of the Genus Homo
9. Body Fat and Bipedality